Ahhh, the smell of old game. I came across a 1983 copy of “Therapy, The Game: Fascinating Fun with a Psychological Twist”. Assuming there was no way this would be fun, we played it at the office today. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. This game has the potential to be played at a party (or a late night lab sesh). You can play with teams of players, or three to six of your pals. I’d compare part of the game to Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, in that “Therapy” cards consists of players trying to guess the opinion or belief that the other person will choose. “Insight” cards are trivia questions based on sociological research.
A lot of the insight cards were surprising and fun to guess. Interestingly, according to one card, 64% of college graduates in 1978 were willing to admit that they believed in ESP! I’m interested in doing some research for fun to see how some of the trivia questions and answers may have been changed over the past 35 years.
The instructions are clear and quick to grasp, and the art design is aesthetically pleasing, with bright colors and an attractive silhouette motif. My only issue with the game design is that it may be perceived to make light of psychosis, paranoia, and other forms of mental health crisis, or even trivialize “therapy”. That said, overall, it was a well-designed game, and I look forward to playing it again.